Copenhagen Programming Language Seminar

Research Pearls

Thursday May 6. 14:00-16:00
IT University, Rued langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300, Copenhagen
Auditorium 1

"Research Pearls"
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S

May 6, 2010 Auditorium 1:

 14:00 Welcome
by Jørgen Staunstrup
 14:10 "The Open-Source ITU Gaze Tracker"

by Javier San Agustin, Henrik Skovsgaard and Martin Tall

People with severe motor-skill disabilities are often unable to use standard input devices such as a mouse or a keyboard and they are, therefore, in strong need for alternative input devices. Gaze tracking offers them the possibility of interacting with a computer by just using eye movements, thereby making users more independent. However, some people (for example users with a severe disability) are excluded from access to gaze interaction due to the high prices of commercial systems (above 10.000€). Gaze tracking systems built from low-cost and off-the-shelf components have the potential of facilitating access to the technology and bring prices down.

The ITU Gaze Tracker is an off-the-shelf system that uses an inexpensive webcam or a videocamera to track the user’s eye. It is free and open-source, offering users the possibility of trying out gaze interaction technology for a cost as low as 20€, and to adapt and extend the software to suit specific needs.

In this talk we will present the open-source ITU Gaze Tracker and show the different scenarios in which the system has been used and evaluated.

 15:00 Short break 

"The Value of Play: Understanding the ethics of Computer Games"
by Miguel Sicart

We live in a world in which digital gaming is quickly becoming our dominant form of entertainment. However, computer games are still raising ethical concerns.

My research has tried to provide a comprehensive answer to the question: what are the ethics of computer games? By focusing on players and their interaction with games, I propose an understanding of playing games as a morally valuable action.

In this talk I will present my research findings regarding the ethics of computer games, and how we can provide answers to the moral issues they raise.
 16:00 End of Agenda

Scientific host: Jørgen Staunstrup Administrative host:Renée Korver Michan. All are welcome.
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